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Nothing Can Stop Google. DuckDuckGo Is Trying Anyway.
In late November, hotel conglomerate Marriott International disclosed that the personal information of some 500 million customers — including home addresses,…
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Physics explains why time passes faster as you age
Mind time and clock time are two totally different things. They flow at varying rates. The chronological passage of the hours, days, and years on clocks and…
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yesterday
Establishing identity is a vital, risky and changing business
N EVER DITCH a party without an excuse. On a cold Sunday night in 1409, the great and the good of Renaissance Florence—men of the governing classes, painters,…
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2 days ago
MoMA curator: “[Humanity] will become extinct. We need to design an elegant ending”
The human species is hurtling toward extinction. It’s not a matter of if. It’s when. So suggests MoMA senior curator of architecture and design Paola Antonelli…
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3 days ago
Newsletter — Benedict Evans
Benedict Evans Home Newsletter Archive Contact Newsletter I send an email newsletter every Sunday with my notes for the past week - the news and links I thought…
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4 days ago
“Podcast Discovery” Is A Problem But It’s Not A Company
I love podcasts. Basically they’ve replaced satellite radio in my car and airpods + apple watch combo make it near frictionless to listen while walking between…
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4 days ago
Re-decentralizing the Web, for good this time
Originally designed as a decentralized network, the Web has undergone a significant centralization in recent years. In order to regain freedom and control over…
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5 days ago
Kelly Slater’s Shock Wave | The New Yorker
Slater has spent a career searching the world for waves, adapting to tricky conditions with unparalleled intuition. Now his Surf Ranch, in California farm…
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6 days ago
What It Felt Like When “Cat Person” Went Viral
For a few hours after “Cat Person” went viral, I got to live the dream and the nightmare of knowing exactly what people thought when they read what I’d written.…
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6 days ago
Canopy - Blog - Let's Fix The Internet Together
Let's Fix The Internet Together By Annika Goldman on January 09, 2019 Hi! I’m Annika and I run strategy and product. I joined Canopy to reimagine the way the…
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7 days ago
Fat Protocols vs Fat Dapps vs Fat Wallets – Lightspeed Venture Partners – Medium
Which crypto thesis would you pick? Jeremy Liew Jul 25, 2018 The crypto space was a lot less complicated 18 months ago. Back then, risk was systemic. The macro…
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7 days ago
Orientation Without a Master Plan - Max Planck Neuroscience on Nautilus
S patial memory is something we use and need in our everyday lives. Time for morning coffee? We head straight to the kitchen and know where to find the coffee…
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9 days ago
Who Wants a Market Downturn? These Investors Actually Do.
Vini Letteri, a managing director at KKR, has a “downturn list” of 150 companies his firm wants to invest in if start-up valuations decline. Credit Anastasiia…
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10 days ago
Aggregators and Jobs-to-be-Done
There were two developments in the scooter space over the last week. First, Bird announced the Bird Platform for entrepreneurs to start their own scooter…
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10 days ago
When AI is the Product: The Rise of AI-Based Consumer Apps
There’s a new era of AI consumer-based apps spreading around the world, though starting from China. TikTok, a short-form mobile video app, was downloaded on…
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10 days ago
Marc Andreessen: audio will be “titanically important” and VR will be “1,000” times bigger than AR
In a new a16z podcast with the venture firm’s founders Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz, there’s a lot to enjoy, from Andreessen’s TV show recommendations to…
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10 days ago
What makes a great product manager?
This week I had the good fortune of attending a fantastic mentorship event for product managers organized by Josh Elman and Mina Radhakrishnan . In small…
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11 days ago
Intellectual humility: the importance of knowing you might be wrong
Julia Rohrer wants to create a radical new culture for social scientists. A personality psychologist at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Rohrer…
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12 days ago
The case for taking AI seriously as a threat to humanity
Finding the best ways to do good. Made possible by The Rockefeller Foundation. Stephen Hawking has said , “The development of full artificial intelligence could…
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12 days ago
The Spiderman Paradox
On one hand, Uncle Ben’s rule makes great sense: “With great power comes great responsibility.” The essence of the rule is that once you have great power, you…
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12 days ago
Universal Method to Sort Complex Information Found | Quanta Magazine
algorithms Universal Method to Sort Complex Information Found By Kevin Hartnett August 13, 2018 The nearest neighbor problem asks where a new point fits into an…
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14 days ago
9 books designers should read in 2019
January is a time of resolutions–and while most of them tend not to last , reading more is a resolution that pays dividends. We asked a slew of design leaders…
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14 days ago
UPS rolls out routing upgrade after software passes pilot test – DC Velocity
Home > Technology > UPS rolls out routing upgrade after software passes pilot test Technology December 10, 2018 UPS rolls out routing upgrade after software…
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14 days ago
5G Is Coming Next Year. Here’s What You Need to Know.
The transition to new fifth-generation cellular networks, known as 5G, will affect how you use smartphones and many other devices. Let’s talk about the…
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15 days ago
James Watson Won’t Stop Talking About Race
The Nobel-winning biologist has drawn global criticism with unfounded pronouncements on genetics, race and intelligence. He still thinks he’s right, a new…
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15 days ago
The 'Future Book' Is Here, but It's Not What We Expected
The Future Book was meant to be interactive, moving, alive. Its pages were supposed to be lush with whirling doodads, responsive, hands-on. The old paperback…
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15 days ago
Staying Optimistic: Happy New Year!
It is easy to feel pessimistic at the end of 2018. CO2 emissions are still climbing rapidly and reached an all time high in 2018 , with severe weather events…
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16 days ago
Childhood's End | Edge.org
Conversation : CULTURE The digital revolution isn’t over but has turned into something else Nations, alliances of nations, and national institutions are in…
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16 days ago
The year social networks were no longer social
The term “social network” has become a meaningless association of words. Pair those two words and it becomes a tech category, the equivalent of a single term to…
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16 days ago
(Don’t) Be the Gray man
The is a guest post by Patrick Steadman A few days after Trump was elected, one of my friends tweeted that he was going to buy a gun. Six months later, another…
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17 days ago
basic bitch software~
December 9th, 2018 marked the 50th anniversary of Doug Englebart's Mother of All Demos. (You can watch the actual demo on YouTube or read about it on Wikipedia…
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19 days ago
The Four Horsemen of Centralization, by Ali Yahya
What does it mean to say that a cryptonetwork is decentralized? A quick Twitter search suggests that it has to do with how many computers are running in it, the…
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19 days ago
The Founder’s Guide to Discipline: Lessons from Front’s Mathilde Collin
Front has a story that any budding startup would envy. Highlights from the past four years include scaling to 100 employees, acquiring more than 4,000…
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20 days ago
How the Great Recession influenced a decade of design
Enough time has passed that it’s possible to look back on the fashions of the aughts with some fondness. It was an era of ruffled miniskirts and low-rise jeans…
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20 days ago
Opportunity Amid Volatility
It’s an unusual time in the markets. With high levels of public market volatility — the first we’ve seen in the age of social media and true real-time…
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21 days ago
Towards The Post-Liberal Synthesis
Belief in democracy is down among the young. Political division is up. America’s power and prestige is waning. Many foreign countries are openly and confidently…
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21 days ago
Opinion | Trump Imperils the Planet
Trump Imperils the Planet Endangered species, climate change — the administration is taking the country, and the world, backward. The editorial board represents…
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21 days ago
President Trump’s Retreat on the Environment Is Affecting Communities Across America
DEC. 26, 2018 In just two years, Trump has unleashed a regulatory rollback with little parallel in the past half-century. This Is Our Reality Now BAKERSFIELD,…
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21 days ago
Patreon Bars Anti-Feminist for Racist Speech, Inciting Revolt
Having human moderators has changed users’ behaviors more than simply deleting accounts would, said Jacqueline Hart, left, head of trust and safety at the…
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22 days ago
How Does a Writer Put a Drug Trip Into Words?
Essay Credit Armando Veve Soon after I set out to write a book about psychedelics, it became obvious what I would have to do: Trip, and then write about what it…
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23 days ago
My one-liner Linux Dropbox client
In this blog post, I want to discuss one of my recent attempts to create asimple one-liner Linux Dropbox client using only free and open-sourcecomponents,…
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23 days ago
Opinion | This is what we were afraid of
President Trump on the South Lawn of the White House on Nov. 20. (Carolyn Kaster/AP) When the new year begins next week, President Trump will have an acting…
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23 days ago
Life and Death on El Capitan
Jason Wells’s phone buzzed as photos of crumpled climbing garb popped onto his screen. “Knickers, pants, and 2 of socks, underware [ sic ], shirt, fleece. Also…
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23 days ago
Everything You Need to Know About Intermittent Fasting
Chris Pratt! Hugh Jackman! Halle Berry! Kourtney Kardashian! What these celebrities have in common, other than a gratuitous exclamation point after their names,…
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23 days ago
Enter the Crypto Idea Maze
tl;dr It’s early in the game for crypto, and an idea maze helps us dig deeper and discern between compelling adoption paths and dead ends. Bitcoin then Ethereum…
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23 days ago
The Fall and Rise of M. Night Shyamalan
Call it a surprise twist, if you must: Early in this Monday morning in November, M. Night Shyamalan turned on his shower, and no water came out. The…
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24 days ago
Why It's Hard to Escape Amazon's Long Reach
In 1994, soon after Jeff Bezos incorporated what would become Amazon , the entrepreneur briefly contemplated changing the company’s name. The nascent firm had…
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24 days ago
Technorealism, Alvin Toffler, and the Forgotten Third Wave
The author of this Harper's article doesn't get the landscape. I can only think of Arthur Jensen's messianic business ecumenicism from the movie 1976 Network.…
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25 days ago
What I learned in 2018
( This is my personal annual review post; here’s the piece I wrote for 2017 . ) I want to kick off this post by making a point about Moore’s Law. That’s the…
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26 days ago
Does AI make strong tech companies stronger?
Machine learning is probably the most important fundamental trend in technology today. Since the foundation of machine learning is data - lots and lots of data…
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26 days ago
The horrifying physiological and psychological consequences of being Aquaman
This is an update and repost of our seminal article on the science of Aquaman , revised and expanded. Aquaman. DC Comics. A rational response to seal poaching…
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26 days ago
Patrick Collison — CEO of Stripe (#353)
Credit: O Hello Media, Eric Ananmalay “If people around you don’t think what you’re doing is a bit strange, maybe it’s not strange enough.” — Patrick Collison…
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27 days ago
Behind the scenes with our design team: our design system, website, and more
In case you missed it, Plaid launched a new website and design system a few months ago. In this post, I sit down with designers Elena Gil-Chang and Ryan…
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27 days ago
Parenting the Climate Change Generation
A family sits along the shore of Lake Elsinore as they watch the Holy Fire burn in the distance, in Lake Elsinore, Calif. More than a thousand firefighters…
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27 days ago
The Struggle
Don’t admit that your faith is weak Don’t say that you feel like dying Life’s hard then it feels like diamonds Your home’s just far too gone Much too late to…
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28 days ago
The family of a boy without a cerebellum found out how to take its place
“H E SHOT A six-year-old in the eye!” There’s trouble in the playground on Ford Island. A handful of Navy kids have spent the afternoon scrambling up green…
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28 days ago
Is There Neurosexism in Functional Neuroimaging Investigations of Sex Differences?
2009 and 2010 fMRI studies of sex differences Aikins, D.E., A. Anticevic, K.A. Kiehl, and J.H. Krystal. 2010. Sex-related differences in amygdala activity…
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28 days ago
Geoffrey Hinton and Demis Hassabis: AGI is nowhere close to being a reality
Above: Geoffrey Hinton (left) and Demis Hassabis (right) Image Credit: Google Forecasting musical taste . Detecting metastatic tumors . Generating synthetic…
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28 days ago
The Founder’s Guide to Understanding Investors - atrium
Share this article! As Justin Kan’s Chief of Staff, I am actively involved in operating Atrium and investing in early-stage startups. Founders ask me many…
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28 days ago
Polar Light | Harper's Magazine
T o get oriented here is difficult. The light is flat because the sky is overcast. The sun’s weak rays create only a few anemic shadows by which to judge scale…
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28 days ago
How I Centralized Our Scattered Business Logic Into One Clear Pipeline For Our Elixir Webhook Service | PagerDuty
Some people inherit treasured jewelry, lavish mansions, or even grand fortunes. Software engineers inherit legacy code, written by people no longer working at…
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28 days ago
Carbonated
In 2018 , thanks to an onslaught of deadly weather and a series of increasingly grim scientific reports, the news of our impending climate doom finally seemed…
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29 days ago
Inside Shenzhen’s race to outdo Silicon Valley
Every day at around 4 p.m., the creeeek criikkk of stretched packing tape echoes through Huaqiangbei, Shenzhen’s sprawling neighborhood of hardware stores.…
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29 days ago
It’s time for a Bill of Data Rights
It is the summer of 2023, and Rachel is broke. Sitting in a bar one evening, browsing job ads on her phone, she gets a text message. Researchers doing a study…
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29 days ago
California’s Liquid Assets – The Long Now Foundation – Medium
Tracing the water that powers the world’s sixth-largest economy Greg Miller Dec 18 This graphic from the California Water Atlas (1979) represents the water…
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29 days ago
The Distributed Company - Blair Reeves
I’ve said before that distributed working models – which I prefer to the term “remote working” but whatever – are a disruptive organizational technology cycle…
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29 days ago
Tech is organizing - Blair Reeves
The prospect of labor organizing has long lived on the outer fringe of the technology industry. It’s long been assumed that highly skilled technology workers,…
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29 days ago
The internet as television - Blair Reeves
One of the biggest generational schisms on the internet today (besides your level of gif game) is your connection to the idea of the “free and open web.” Anyone…
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29 days ago
How App Mining Works
You may have read about Blockstack’s App Mining program, which rewards decentralized application development, and wanted to dive deeper into how the game works.…
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4 weeks ago
Products Over Projects
Software projects are a popular way of funding and organizing software development. They organize work into temporary, build-only teams and are funded with…
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4 weeks ago
The Misreading of Mitski
As happens with stars, people seem to love the idea of Mitski as much as the fact of her. Photograph by Julia Drummond Mitski, the twenty-eight-year-old…
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4 weeks ago
Google’s AI Guru Wants Computers to Think More Like Brains
In the early 1970s, a British grad student named Geoff Hinton began to make simple mathematical models of how neurons in the human brain visually understand the…
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4 weeks ago
A Network of Fragments
Ingrid Burrington Throughout Donald Barthelme’s short story “ See The Moon? ” the narrator keeps saying that fragments are the only forms he trusts. It may be…
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4 weeks ago
Apple Computers Used to Be Built in the U.S. It Was a Mess.
Workers assembling Macintosh computers at Apple's factory in Fremont, Calif. March. 5, 1984. Credit Terrence McCarthy for The New York Times Skip to contentSkip…
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4 weeks ago
Opinion | How to Be More Resilient
How to Be More Resilient Some people are just genetically tougher. But you can train your brain to better handle stress. Dr. Friedman is a psychiatrist and a…
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4 weeks ago
SPACEWAR - by Stewart Brand - Fanatic Life and Symbolic Death Among the Computer Bums.
SPACEWAR - by Stewart Brand - Fanatic Life and Symbolic Death Among the Computer Bums. · ROLLING STONE · 7 DECEMBER 1972 · S P A C E W A R Fanatic Life and…
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4 weeks ago
The best stuff won’t make you happier. I know because I tried it.
My name is Rebecca Jennings. I am 26 years old and I live in Brooklyn, New York. Every morning I wake up on a Casper mattress lined with Brooklinen bedding. I…
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4 weeks ago
Cold Discovery — Real Life
Image: From Night Shift by Guillaume Lachapelle . Courtesy the artist. Books increasingly don’t have covers: The rapid rise of tablets and e-readers has led to…
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4 weeks ago
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